Islanders’ views sought on the future of the ferry

February 20, 2017

The company behind a bid to take Arran’s lifeline ferry service to the Port of Troon is returning to the island to hear more local feedback on its proposals.
ABP is holding a drop-in session for local people at Brodick Hall on Monday, February 27 between 7 and 9pm. A second drop-in session is to be held at Shiskine Golf Club, Blackwaterfoot on Tuesday 28 February between 7 and 9pm.
A previous round of drop in sessions proved popular with islanders who valued the ability to quiz Troon port management about the details of ABP’s proposals for the Arran service.
ABP has also written to all households on Arran with full details of its proposals.
As cancellations on the current service between Brodick and Ardrossan soar to almost 300, equivalent to one in 16 crossings, ABP is keen to explain how Troon promises a transformation in the reliability of the service. The performance compares poorly with ABP’s Port of Troon, where P&O’s service to Larne in Northern Ireland saw just five cancellations a year.
The sessions are also an opportunity for ABP to explain further about proposals for free electric bus services to the station from the new £8m ferry terminal ABP plans to construct to host the ferry at Troon.
Stuart Cresswell, Manager of ABP’s Ports of Troon and Ayr, said: “A lot of misinformation has been put out around this proposal, which makes it very hard for people on the island to get a clear sight of the facts. We believe our proposal has genuine merit for local people and would have a beneficial impact on their quality of life. It has become clear the only way to discuss this without spin is to talk it over face to face.
“That’s why the team from Troon will be on hand to discuss whatever aspect of our proposal local people want to know more about. And there’s plenty to discuss, whether that’s reliability, onward connections, purpose built facilities, charity donations, electric bus links or our record of investment in our facilities. I look forward to seeing people there.”
For those who can’t make the dates, there’s always the option to e-mail a question to choosetroon@abports.co.uk
Islanders can see the conditions in Troon for themselves at any time with a harbour mounted webcam: http://ow.ly/fHTy308KTlp